What’s so funny anyway?
Elizabeth and Karen compare and contrast the nature of comedy for their respective generations, and crack each other up a fair amount along the way.
Here are links to the things we mentioned:
- Sour Grapes (the wine fraud movie Elizabeth mentions)
- For a refresher on praxis, see Episode 20
- John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight
- David Letterman and Johnny Carson
- Elizabeth’s Letterman knowledge has not grown
- Some More News
- Big Joel’s tweet about John Oliver minus an audience
- Garfield minus Garfield
- Saturday Night Live At Home
- Paul Matwychuk’s tweet about telephone jokes in vaudeville
- Brad Pitt as Fauci > Kate McKinnon as Hilary singing Hallelujah, says Elizabeth
- The Greatest American Hero
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine > Big Bang Theory
- Decoder Ring episode on the laugh track
- Why M*A*S*H had a laugh track
- Peter Brown shares thoughts about communal laughter on I Don’t Get It
- Punching up and punching sideways, as seen in various lgbt tiktoks
- That Amy Schumer skit on women and compliments
- The Underdogs of Comedy by Sally Poulsen and Jeff Samsonow
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal web comic
- TikToks that use gay/bisexual coding
- Left at London’s “relatable” Vine
- Lindsay Ellis on reactions to accusations of cultural appropriation
- “It’s just a joke” is a bad defence, says Thought Slime
- For more on standup, listen to Lars Callieou on Don’t Call Me a Guru
- RuPaul’s Drag Race and Bianca Del Rio
- Bo Burnham’s Left Brain, Right Brain and Country Song
- John Mulaney’s There’s a Horse in the Hospital and Street Smarts
- Inside Shelley Berman
- Nestor Pistor (we warned you)
- Bill Cosby - Himself (sorry)
- Kids in the Hall, who are reuniting
- Four on the Floor (but Karen was actually thinking of The Frantics)
- SCTV (recently memorialized in Edmonton)
- Random moustaches
- YouTube Poop
- Michael Rosen in his nice, unadulterated form
- Foo Fighters vs The Foo
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